Late actor James Dean has been digitally recreated through CGI for a movie Finding Jack, that will have a story revolving around the Vietnam War. The Rebel without a cause actor will be playing the second lead in the upcoming movie project. Dean will be recreated through old videos and pictures but will be voiced by some other actor. Although, the decision was met with criticism with actor Chris Evans berating the incident.
The filmmaker's decision was met with widespread criticism with Chris Evans, known for his role of Captain America, called the plan to digitally recreate the actor as disrespectful and something wrong. He posted a tweet wherein he asked if one could get a painting from Picasso or a new song from the late Beatles singer, John Lennon.
I’m sure he’d be thrilled 🙄— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) November 6, 2019
This is awful.
Maybe we can get a computer to paint us a new Picasso. Or write a couple new John Lennon tunes.
The complete lack of understanding here is shameful. https://t.co/hkwXyTR4pu
Chairman and chief executive of CMG, Mark Roesler, defended the decision of using a CGI James Dean by saying that the company had represented the late actor's family. He further added that Dean was known as Hollywood's rebel and was famous for saying that if a man could lessen the gap between life and death and can still live after death, then probably he was a great man.
Roesler said that being rebellious in the 1950s was very different as compared to today's time and added that they were very confident that James would support this modern-day act of rebellion.
According to reports added that the Rights to Dean's likeness was legally acquired by the filmmakers and the production company, Magic City Films, through CMG worldwide. The company represents James' family along with holding intellectual rights of other deceased people such as Neil Armstrong, Bette Davis, and Burt Reynolds.
Finding Jack will be a live-action film about the American military abandoning the canine military units after the Vietnam war and has been adapted from Gareth Crocker's novel. The movie will be helmed by Anton Ernst and Tati Golykh, who will begin shooting in the latter half of November.
Director Anton Ernst stated that the movie will be based on the concept of hope and love and added that James will still be relevant to the theme of their film. He also said that there were a lot of Dean fans who would be excited to see their favourite actor back on the silver screen.
James Dean had starred in only 3 movies - Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden and Giant before he lost his life in a car crash in 1995 at the age of 24.
(With inputs from agencies)
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